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Certificate in Plant Identification and Botany

This course is suited for students who want to develop their plant identification and botany skills. It includes plant nomenclature, using keys, visits to botanical gardens and identification.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Horticulture
Adult and Community
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: N
Weeks: 1
Hours: 24.00
Start: 10/09/2024
Tuition: £300.00
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

It is aimed at anyone with a keen interest in horticulture and plants.

You just need an interest in the subject area and should have English and maths skills.

This course will be delivered from 10 – 13 September 2024 inclusive.

Course structure and organisation:

  • Improve observation skills
  • Know the reasons for botanical names
  • Plant nomenclature
  • Traditional plant family classification
  • Using keys to aid identification
  • Visits to gardens to look at collections of plants
  • History of plant hunting and collecting

 There are ten units to study over the duration of the course:

  • Plant classification, nomenclature, and naming
  • Inflorescences, leaf shapes, leaf margins, arrangements, and venation
  • A look at plant families: Primulaceae, Ranunculaceae, Liliaceae and Amaryllidaceae
  • Spring flowering shrubs-plant hunting in China
  • Fern identifications
  • Plants suitable for different soil types: acid, lime, wet and dry areas
  • A look at Brassicaceae and Asteraceae
  • Alpines and Aquatics
  • Pressing and preserving plants.
  • Rosaceae

You will learn at Broomfield Hall.


You will be assessed throughout the duration of the course.

After the course, you can take RHS Garden Planning Level 3 or a Level 3 Certificate in Horticulture. There is also the RHS Level 2 Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development programme.

Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to horticulture, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics – please see the Derby College Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

For more information contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Horticultural Trades


Horticultural Trades

Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture and Horticulture


Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture and Horticulture

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Course Information Last Updated On: June 12, 2024 10:03 am